As we all reflect on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, let us not forget the lives lost, the heroism displayed, and/or the shameful politics that followed. Despite all of the patriotic bravado that came from politicians in the months and years to follow 9/11, the real heroes of 9/11, the first responders, were left to fend for themselves when they developed life-threatening health issues as a result of their rescue efforts.
To even get a bill before congress took way too many years. Finally in 2010 they drafted a bill. This should have been a non-partisan no-brainer, but instead, the republicans decided to hold up the bill until a promise that the tax cuts for the wealthy would not be touched. To make matters worse, the bill that finally DID pass doesn't cover lung cancer. Way to remember 9/11, fellas!
Sadly, letter writing is becoming a lost art. People just don't write to each other anymore. They email, Twitter, Facebook, text, etc. ... but rarely do they put pen to paper and/or lick a stamp (or peel off the self-adhesive kind.) The U.S. Postal Service is paying the price for these new popular forms of delivery.